The Big 5-0 … Once More
OK, OK…I hope you’re not already sick of hearing about my first novel and my newest book, The Big 5-0 (available through amazon.com and createspace.com. Click on the picture above for a link to the ebook/Kindle version. )
But I kind of feel as if I’ve given birth to a fourth child…the child of my old age. Or maybe it’s more like Horton Hatched a Who-Dun-It. And I just want to talk about the experience.
If you’re a mother or a writer, then you know how it is. I did something that was hard and painful and I want to tell anyone and everyone who will stop and listen (for just a minute) about the whole birthing experience.
Can you listen…just for a minute or two…while I talk about The Big 5-0? I promise I’ll stop in a year or two or five, when I’ve given birth to the rest of the Mattie Mason Mystery Series.
Here goes…I’ll try to be brief. But you should know this: it was a very long gestation period.
October 2010…the idea of a book about an over-50 sleuth/investigative reporter was conceived. I mulled it over and over in my mind. Should I keep it?
November 2010…I consult with friends and decide to bring this baby into the world.
December 2010 through February 2011…I think about what I will name it, what it will be like. Will it be just like me? Or will it have a life totally separate from mine? First person or third?
March 2011…I take all of the week of Spring Break and make notes. No writing…just notes. I named my characters, described them, etc. Basically, I met my characters and got to know them. I decided to name the baby The Big 5-0.
April 2011 through June 2011…I rise early each day and prepare for the baby by writing, writing, writing.
July 2011 through November 2011…I grow tired, take a break, and think maybe this was never meant to be after all.
December 2011…I start a blog. Maybe that’s all I was ever supposed to have anyway. No Baby Einstein, Just Baby Joan Doe.
January 2012 through April 2012…I have false starts and then stop for a while again. How will I ever get from the beginning to the end?
May 2012 through June 2012…I figure it out and add more characters and more action.
July 2012 through December 2012…I fret and worry, pace and smoke. I write, then re-write.
January 2013…I want this baby to hurry up and be here, but it’s not fully developed yet.
February 2013 through April 2013…I slog along, dreaming of the day this is all done, writing and re-writing, fretting and pacing.
May 2013…It’s done! I publish it on Create Space.
June 2013…The book was premature. I put it in an incubator to mature.
July 2013…After re-writing, re-editing, re-formatting, my baby…The Big 5-0…is finally ready to meet the public.
And now I worry…will anyone like my baby? Will anyone hold it close and fall asleep while reading it? Will the literary world be good to it? I hope so. I like it. I hope other women will like it, too.
I’ve pulled back the blanket…here it is…the baby is revealed!
Now that the birthing pangs are past, I’ve almost forgotten all the pain it took to bring The Big 5-0 into the world.
I already want to make another baby. I want a family of at least ten offspring. I have the outlines done already.
Thank you for listening. I know it’s too graphic…I promise I won’t talk about this again. Maybe…unless I catch you with a free minute again.
But would you like to see some pictures? It’s just a few of the new baby and her older siblings…Oh, come on…I know you want to see them…